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Turquoise glazed composition seated figure of Isis and Harpocrates: the workmanship is fine and detailed. The rich turquoise colour of the glaze has been offset by a purplish colouring applied to the wig of Isis. The goddess wears on her head the image of a seat or throne (the hieroglyphic sign for her name). She clasps her right breast with one hand and with the other supports the head of her son to suckle him. Harpocrates sits passively on his mother's knee; his head is shaven but for the curled sidelock of hair, denoting his youthfulness.
Height: 12.20 centimetres
Weight: 0.169 kilograms
Width: 3.13 centimetres
Depth: 5.94 centimetres
- Curator's comments
'ISIDE' (Milano, 1997), p.62 [II.31];
J.H. Taylor and N.C. Strudwick, Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. Treasures from The British Museum, Santa Ana and London 2005, pp. 116-7, pl. on p. 116.
D. Antoine and M. Vandenbeusch, Egyptian mummies. Exploring ancient lives, Sydney 2016, p. 157.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2005-2008, California, The Bowers Museum, Death and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
2016-2017 10 Oct-30 Apr, Sydney, Powerhouse Museum, Ancient Lives
2017 16 Jun-18 Oct, Hong Kong Science Museum, Ancient Lives
2017-2018 14 Nov-20 Feb, Taiwan, National Palace Museum, Ancient Lives
2018 16 Mar-22 Jul, Brisbane, Queensland Museum of Art, Ancient Lives
2019-2020 14 Sept- 28 Jun, Montreal, Museum of Fine Arts, Ancient Lives EXTENDED DUE TO COVID19
2020-2021, 19 Sept - 21 Mar, Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, Ancient Lives
- fair - repaired at the waist
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
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